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21st November 2021

What do we mean by ‘Christ the King?’

Sermon preached by Lord Alderdice at the church of St Michael and All Angels on Sunday 21st November 2021 Readings from the Lectionary – Daniel 7: 9-10, 13, 14; John 18: 33-37; Revelation 1. 4b – 8    The book of Daniel, from which our Old Testament reading was taken today, is a very interesting one for us here in Fringford.   …

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26th September 2021

Is Social Justice just an Obscure Object of Desire?

The phrase ‘an obscure object of desire’ is not a common one, so I have taken the title given to me to be a reference to the critically acclaimed 1977 film, “That Obscure Object of Desire”.   It was the last film directed by the great Spanish filmmaker, Luis Buñuel who was in his 80s when he made it and I …

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18th August 2021

What are the lessons of the calamity in Afghanistan?

“My Lords, on 4th October 2001, less than a month after 9/11 and a few days before the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, we debated in this House what should be done.   I intervene again today, like some other participants of twenty years ago, but miss my dear friend, Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon.  In a powerful speech, Paddy focussed on …

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24th August 2020

Centenary of the birth of John Paul II

How does one adequately recognize the life of such a remarkable man as Pope Saint John Paul II, and address, in just a few minutes, his contribution to our world? Let me refer to three areas that are of particular, personal interest to me – science, politics and faith. Science – The work of scientists and the importance of their …

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27th May 2019

Yes, she did……!

It will be an absolutely stunning result! As I write there is much counting still to be done but the result is clear – Alliance Leader, Naomi Long will be one of the three Northern Ireland MEPs. Not only is that the best Alliance result – by any parameter – in its 49 year history, it also means that Northern …

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29th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018 Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome you have given me into membership of this congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Belfast at what was a difficult time in my own journey of faith. I am not …

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